Only two weeks to go! Where did the time go? Are we going to have to get one of those job things soon? When will be fit in all our sitting around time? It was with these kind of thoughts flitting through our minds that we entered our last port of call - Indonesia, specifically Bali and Lombok.
Being the culture vultures that we are we headed straight for Ubud which is Bali's cultural capital supposedly, by that I think they mean that you can buy lots of wooden things here, see Balinese dancing and there are rice fields there. And we did all of that stuff. With only two shopping weeks to go until home time Rhiannon was up for some market browsing and the markets were ready for us. Lots of haggling and a fair few decent purchases, the best bit of haggling being getting a vendor to go from 650,000 to 70,000, he nearly cried and his wife almost didn't let us out of the stall, I didn't have the heart to tell them that we'll probably never use the thing either.
Ubud also marks the highpoint in our hotels with this one being by far the best on we stayed in. Costing about twenty quid a night it was a bit out of the main town, but the rooms were massive, the bed was huge, open the back up and you walk out onto a balcony that overlooks rice fields. Perhaps best of all we were the only people in the whole hotel! Talk about personal service. No idea why no-one else was there, but it was great all the same.
What else then? We had a massage, ate at some nice places and dodged angry dogs. Dogs are the one thing that there is a lot of in Bali and Ubud seems to be the worst place; everyone seems to keep a dog, but they just run wild most of the time and look half starved and should you walk anywhere near where they live, some of them go mental. It's not very nice really and is the worst thing about Ubud for me.
We walked around the monkey forest and took loads of monkey photos, Rhiannon fed them, but I tried not to get too close, meanwhile children have them crawling all over them making me look a right weed. We left after we saw one monkey try to bite an Aussie woman, but she was tormenting it so probably deserved what she got.
We saw a Kekak dance, which is a traditional Balinese dance and tells a long and complicated story, which thankfully they give you a leaflet on otherwise we wouldn't have a clue what was going on. Afterwards one of the guys walks over hot coals, it's supposed to signify something, not sure what, but it looked pretty cool.
So, all in all, Ubud is a nice place, we gave it two full days which was enough and then it's onto the Gili Islands to lie in the sun and de-stress!